This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 10
Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried, Loser, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Sugaree, Promised Land Bertha-> Good Lovin', It Must Have Been The Roses, Sunrise, Playin' In The Band-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> China Doll-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Playin' In The Band, E: Terrapin Station, E: Johnny B. Goode
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadDate December 29, 1977Venue Winterland ArenaLocation San Francisco, CASource SoundboardLineage Set I & Encore MSR>R>R>R>C>DAT>WAV>SHN Set II MSR>R>C>DAT>WAV>SHNC>SHNTransferred by CousinIt
December 27, 2014
Hot stuff - while 12/27 is probably the best of the run, this one is justifiably famous for the return of China Cat.
Uptempo Jer in the first set: Loser, Jed, Sugaree are all played a little peppy - never was a fan of these experiments in late 77-78 (although that Sugaree really does sound gorgeous). Dig that firepower Minglewood!
Playin' > CC > Rider > China Doll > Jam > Drums etc. has been called one of the greatest segue medley they've ever done - I'm not quite sure about that, but it is damned fun to listen to - check Phil's sound on Playin' and the sublime approach to China Doll...the NFA is white-smoking hot and probably is the highlight of the entire night, playing wise.
Dick shaved a few non-essentials out of the release, and I guess you can afford to miss them if you like the sound of that effort - it really does sound pretty.
August 31, 2012
Hello. Do you have NYE runs in a can?
The second of a four-out of five-day run of possibly the best NYE run ever, this isn't the best show of the run (look to the following night) and yet it is awesome and has the single greatest examples of certain songs.
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: B
4 1/2 Stars
Straight out of the box is one of the greatest Jack Straws ever. Minglewood is also one of the greatest in band history. From Tennessee to Promised Land is just incredible. The 2nd set starts with a Bertha that has no equal and Sunrise matches 6/08/77 for two best-ever. But playing starts to drop off after Drums. The encore is below average for '77 (only Keith really shines). That and the show being in the shadow of the following night prevent this from being a true 5-star show. The show was released on DP#10.
The whole first set plus Bertha, Good Lovin, Sunrise, China>Rider>Doll.
July 18, 2005
quite possibly the best terrapin i've ever heard.
October 30, 2004
one of those magical nights
This was one of those legendary nights. 1977 was a stong year for the boys..a lot of strong , very electric shows. All during the fall tour we heard hints of China Cat & hoped it'd be brought back. Candace told us, between sets, that indeed China Cat had been played that night during the sound check. At least that's what I remember through the psychedelic haze that seemed to envelope Winterland that nite. I remember Weir & Garcia leaving the stage while Phil stayed on during Drums/space. We hoped they were cooking up something good. When we heard the first notes of China Cat the place practically exploded. China-Rider-China Doll was a great moment & helped us to believe that any song could be brought back at any time. This show far outshone New Years & the rest of that Winterland run.